Privacy Policy

Please do not use your browsers back button on this site.

This is a privacy policy for Conservative Safe Pay, the payment gateway for Bluetree websites.

We invite you to contact us if you have questions about this policy. You may contact us by e-mail at webmaster@conservatives.com.

Data Collection and Use

The Conservative Party strives to meet 'P3P' standards (the 'Platform for Privacy Preferences Project') on data privacy. We are the sole owner of any information we collect. We never sell, share, or rent this information unless we first disclose the fact in this privacy statement.

We collect data when you make a payment through Conservative SafePay – including donations, membership payments, and events payments. This includes payment information (such as your credit card number and expiry date) and personal information that we must collect to abide by legal and voluntary codes of conduct (such as your postal address). This information may be used for user analysis, user-profiling and contacting visitors. We will share this data with the local Conservative Association or an affiliated organisation to which you make a payment.

If you donate more than £500 to a local Conservative Association or an affiliated organisation through Conservative SafePay, this is deemed to be a donation to the Conservative Party and we are obliged under the Political Parties Elections and Referendums Act 2000 to report such a donation to the Registered Treasurer of the Conservative Party. If you make donations of more than £1,500 during a calendar year, the Party is required to report this to the Electoral Commission, who will publish your name and the total amount. For more information, please see www.electoralcommission.org.uk.

Under the Political Parties Elections and Referendums Act 2000 (PPERA) you must be on the electoral register in the UK (excluding the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man) in order to make a donation of more than £500.  We will check this for you.

Cookies

Conservative SafePay does not use any third-party or non-essential cookies. We set one cookie for admin users when they log into the system which is then deleted when they log out. We also use a cookie to check whether visitors have Javascript enabled, to ensure the site works as expected when Javascript is disabled.

Security

We take every precaution to protect your details. When you submit sensitive information via the website, it is secure both on its way to us and once we receive it.

All data, including your credit card number, is encrypted using encryption technology called  'secure socket layers' or SSL. You can tell whether a page is secure by checking whether the URL of the page you are viewing begins with https://.

We also do everything in our power to protect your information once we have received it. Our staff can only access your personal details if they have a specific job to perform, such as checking the permissibility of a donor, and cannot access your credit card details. They also have to keep up to date on our security and privacy practices.

Finally, the servers that store personally identifiable information are UK-based and kept in a secure environment.

Transfer of your information outside the European Union

As part of the services offered to you through our site, the information you provide to us may be transferred to countries outside of the European Economic Area ("EEA"). By way of example, this may happen if one of our service providers is located in a country outside of the EEA. These countries may not have similar data protection laws to the EEA. If we transfer your information outside of the EEA in this way, we will take steps to ensure that your privacy rights continue to be protected and used only in accordance with our instructions and for the purposes we have indicated to you at the time of collection of the data.

Supplementing Information

We take our responsibilities to protect you from fraud very seriously. To fulfil this obligation, we sometimes have to supplement the information you give us with information from third party sources - usually, in order to make sure that no-one else is using your credit card. We do not keep this information any longer than we have to.

Direct Debit guarantee

Organisations using the Direct Debit Scheme go through a careful vetting process before they're authorised, and are closely monitored by the banking industry. The efficiency and security of Direct Debit is monitored and protected by your own bank or building society.

The Direct Debit Guarantee applies to all Direct Debits. It protects you in the rare event that there is an error in the payment of your Direct Debit. For more information, please visit www.thesmartwaytopay.co.uk/directdebitexplained/pages/directdebitguarantee.aspx.